February 6, 2010
If you're caught running a red light in Los Angeles, be prepared to shell out $446, up from $271 eight years ago. Make a rolling right turn at a stoplight and the ticket comes to $381 -- more than double what it cost in 2008. Park at an expired meter, pay a $50 fine. It's getting so a person can't even drive badly in this town anymore. Officials have been jacking up traffic fines recently as a budget crunch encourages creative methods of raising municipal revenue. Not only are fines going up, but the city is considering ways to nab more people to pay them.
October 4, 2009
Re "Students, time to stand up," Column, Sept. 29 Hector Tobar has it right in so many ways. What all of us in California need to realize is that the university system (UC and Cal State) is a cash cow for the state. Every dollar invested in our university system is returned in multiples, from higher lifetime salaries paying more taxes, from attracting high-tech businesses to the state, from higher expectations for families and communities keeping kids out of trouble, and more. Because of the severe cuts at the university where I teach, most of our lecturers will be let go next quarter and our course offerings will decline.
June 17, 2009 |
An estimated 3.7 million viewers tuned into the second season premiere of HBO's "True Blood" Sunday, and an additional 1.4 million watched the 11 p.m. encore. That makes the episode HBO's most-watched program since the finale of "The Sopranos" in 2007, which drew 11.9 million and still ranks as the pay channel's most-watched series. The vampire drama is also on track to become the network's next big cash cow. In addition to the opener's audience being up what HBO said was 157% from last year's series premiere, DVD sales for the first season of "True Blood" have exploded.
June 16, 2009 |
In Tom Hansen's 26 years as commissioner, the Pacific 10 Conference has enjoyed unprecedented success -- particularly in the non-revenue Olympic sports. However, it has also endured its share of criticism, notably its lack of national exposure in an ESPN world. Hansen is set to retire July 1, meaning he will be leaving in the midst of an investigation into alleged NCAA rules violations concerning USC football and basketball. In a recent question-and-answer session with The Times, Hansen talked about the investigation, the controversial Bowl Championship Series he was instrumental in forming, and the future of the Pac-10.
May 20, 2009 |
In what could be the largest commercial real estate transaction of the year in Los Angeles County, Los Angeles World Airports is negotiating to acquire a 21-acre parking lot on the east edge of LAX, brokers said Tuesday. It is being offered for sale by AMB Properties Corp., a San Francisco industrial landlord that has owned the lot called Park One since 2002.
March 23, 2009 |
Shepard Fairey is a talented Los Angeles graphic designer who has twice hit the big time with the public. Provocative connections between the two episodes emerge from a survey of Fairey's work at the Institute of Contemporary Art. So do the rather stark limitations of his work. Fairey's first impact was commercial -- "Obey Giant," a 1989 street-art project that grew into a thriving youth-market business in stickers, posters, apparel, notebooks and other retail products. His second was political -- a 2008 poster, made independently to support Barack Obama's presidential aspirations, that was quickly embraced by the candidate and an ever-widening cadre of supporters.